Education Reforms Since 1980

Overtime its only natural for things to change. It has either a positive or negative affect on all aspects of life. Be it great or small decisive or debatable its bound to occur. Since the 1980’s change has had a highly profound impact on equality and opportunity in schools. The reform has lead students to immense success and is now suited to for fill everyone’s requirements and desires for the their future whatever it may be. Society these days certainly has a wide range of culture and individuals all with different wants and needs.

You would have to be to some extent nai?? ve to think our gender, ethnic origin and ability decides our destiny for the rest of our lives. Back in the 70’s children with learning disabilities were badly discriminated, for the one simple reason being that they didn’t have the same mentality as others and were just thrown aside as hopeless cases. Girls would study home economics and business studies when boys would be learning metal and woodwork further more sports such as football that girls were not encouraged to play.

The transformation in these judicious stereotypes has lead to some of the most famous chiefs, designers and businessmen not to mention wide range sports personalities. Equal Opportunities polices have given the children the chance to aspire to the adults they want to be instead of being channelled into clichi?? d careers such as housewives of the 70’s are now fighting fires across the world they are now known as fire-fighters instead of fire-men. Children with disabilities now have specialist schools and teaching staff to satisfy their needs and to give them the chance they rightly deserve.

Without a hesitation each and every one of us does not learn in the same way purely as we are not the same people. The Government gradually began to realise this and introduced vocational courses these motivated those with definite career ambitions. More Over brought remarkable modifications to the exams that were taken replacing O levels and CSE’s with GCSE’s so everyone would has the same opportunity to succeed in the same course without feeling degraded. Standards have also experienced a vast development, now much more is expected from schools in many aspects.

Pupils are made to take the compulsory SAT’s examinations at the end of KS1,KS2 and KS3 that are set as part of the National Curriculum. Publications of exam results are now a necessity and they are very effortless to find seeing that they are plastered all over the Internet and newspapers. These include SAT’s, GCSE’s, AS and AS2 levels of every school and collage in the country. Hygiene, welfare and quality of teaching is now monitored through a scheme called OFFSTED which comes in schools and inspects them in recurring intervals and improves them if and where necessary.

The results of these inspections can also be found with ease on the internet. Alternatives are now available instead of broad-spectrum education for pupils who wish to study a particular subject. Schools, Collages and Universities can specialize a certain item of education and are adapted to facilitate the occupants’ needs. They will have more conveniences for their career paths and teachers with the training in the certain subject they wish to study.

The National curriculum introduced coursework in 1988 at GCSE and A level as the previous system was shown to favour boy’s technique of learning, evidence for this is established from publicized league tables. There is confirmed substantiation, that since coursework has been introduced girls come out with better grades. Is this merely a coincidence or factual verification that boys do achieve more in exams and girls in coursework? The Government is now reconsidering the whole system in order to reduce coursework perhaps to distinguish exam success throughout the gender stereotypes.

So far it seems the revolution of edification has been nothing but excellent. However the is, and has been some negative impacts of restructuring of the system since the 1980’s, has it possibly left traditional values behind? A Few children of this generation give the impression that they have a severe lack of respect for their peers but most of all members of authority not to mention consideration for others who surround them. In addition to this religious values have gone astray to mainstream schooling.

The very principles, morals and ethics have been drained away with now what seems little importance or impact on students. It seems that over the years, education reforms have certainly improved equality and opportunity throughout schools nationally. Giving everyone in them more freedom of choice, independence and by far more equal opportunities. The parliamentary schemes have had an ostentatious impact on discrimination issues such as gender, race, and disability inequality but is all that worth the loss of conventional standards it’s a matter of personal opinion although I would unquestionably say so.